The amenities of this marvel of 21st-Century Indian home, include several floors of gardens, enclosed living areas that offer spectacular views of the city, a screening room with capacity for 50 guests, three floors of hanging gardens, guest suites, a ballroom (decorated with striking chandeliers that take up to 80 percent of the ceiling), an ice room infused with man-made snow flurries, and a Hindu room for praying.
With as many as six underground levels of parking, the Ambani family can now keep their 168-vehicle fleet all in one place. The tower also boasts three helipads, just in case guests prefer to come in by air and avoid the infamous Mumbai traffic. There are also various floors dedicated to the kitchen, where vegetarian meals are meticulously cooked for the family and their guests. The lobby alone has nine elevators: two for parking areas, three for the guest suites, two for service, and two more for the exclusive use of the family.
The architecture of this palatial building has caused controversy among some experts, who have compared it to an “unstable pile of books.” In the interior, the key design elements are a combination of traditional Indian decoration and modern Western elements, with marble and mother of pearl as the main finishing materials. The lotus flower and the sun served as inspiration for the building’s décor.
Nita Ambani, wife of the Indian tycoon, describes her house as “a modern home with an Indian heart.” The family’s parlors are on the top floors, because “I wanted the sunlight…so it’s an elevated house on top of a garden,” said Nita Ambani. ■